We Have No Excuse: An Ode To Dr. King

Years ago, most folks 

didn’t know how terrible

the government was

today, we are well aware

but we keep on funding it

in spite of all the

tapped cellphones and bullets and

bombs and drones and all

our bread turning into dead

human beings. Years ago they

just had radio

but we can see civilians

slaughtered in Iraq

and cops killing black people

on Main Street in HD so

there is no excuse

for us, we just must think it’s

a fair trade for cheap

gas and Big Mac’s, Amazon,

Netflix and the NFL

they keep us fat and

happy, well fed with bread and

the circus takes our

attention away from the

growing mountain of the dead

we clap our hands on

cue, we get outraged when we’re

supposed to, we’ve learned

to focus on me, forget

about you and it’s tax-day

soon, time to go through

the motions, forget notions

of right and wrong, we’ll

join the masses, march along

singing patriotic songs

as schools are closed down

by the dozen and prisons

grow like subsidized

corn, Dr. King warned us but

we ignored him, didn’t we?

He painted the truth

but we didn’t want to see

and we still wonder

why all the refugees flee

and social uplift programs 

never get any money.



(April 4th 1967, exactly one year before he was assassinated, Dr. King delivered a sermon called “Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence” at Riverside Church in NYC, connecting problems in America to wars in places like Vietnam. You can get the full text & audio online. If you admire him, listen to it, if you are against war, listen to it, most importantly, if you support war or are indifferent, LISTEN.)

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I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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